The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. (MiHIA) and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA) are collaborating to co-lead the THRIVE initiative to bring high-value impact & benefit to our community citizens, and other regional organizations and institutions.  Due to the unique work and transformative nature of our mission, and
the full engagement of sectors for support, THRIVE has caught the attention of national and state thought leaders, and established foundations as we build our region into one of health excellence and sustained economic growth.


The THRIVE Steering Team provides the mechanism to bring organizations together to offer support, track progress, and provide collective ownership of the regional portfolio. Membership is defined as follows: the GLBRA CEO and Board chair; the MiHIA CEO and Board chair; three members from each Board of Directors of both GLBRA and MiHIA, and regional healthcare systems executive leaders.

Existing support staff from both the GLBRA and MiHIA as well as volunteers continue to provide vital support to the progress of THRIVE. The implementation of the THRIVE portfolio will include the extensive involvement of community organizations. Many items in the portfolio have natural homes and existing leadership in these community organizations.

The three-year capacity funding raised from the community stakeholders has allowed essential core staff and resources to be secured for THRIVE including a Portfolio Director, Chief Health Officer, Chief Economic Officer, Executive Administrator, grant writers, measurement and evaluation partners, and various specialty consultants.

Barbra Bates
Acting Medical Center Director
Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center

Beth Roszatycki
Michigan Health Improvement Alliance

Clarence Sevillian
President & CEO
McLaren Bay Region

Diane Postler-Slattery
President & CEO
MidMichigan Health

Dr. Cathy Baase
MiHIA Board Chair
Michigan Health Improvement Alliance

Dr. George Kikano
Dean, College of Medicine
Central Michigan University

Dr. Mark Boquet
Chief Health Officer and Director of Health Services
The Dow Chemical Company

Dr. Samuel Shaheen
Executive Director
CMU Medical Education Partners

Dr. Stephanie Duggan
Regional President, Northern Ministries
Ascension Health

Ellen Talbott
Vice President of Patient Care Services/CNO
McLaren Bay Region

Jim Borin

MiHIA Board of Directors

Larry Sims
President / CEO
United Way of Saginaw County

Matt Felan
President & CEO
Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA)

Rob Vallentine
President, Dow Chemical Foundation
The Dow Chemical Company

Sandy Lindsey
Saginaw County CMH Authority

Lisa Lapham
President & CEO
HealthSource Saginaw


Working teams were directed to focus on one of the five strategic areas in order to submit final portfolio recommendations. Submissions were specific actions to make the greatest impact in one area of the ecosystem, were based upon the utilization of data and national expertise and evidence, gaining insight from local leadership, incorporating on-going priorities and current work.

Interventions in the Portfolio were reviewed against criteria to ensure strategy alignment, implementation feasibility and cost effectiveness.  The combined portfolio (All THRIVE) of all five strategic areas was then run through a simulation model and analytics in order to project impact and expected outcomes on numerous metrics over a twenty year horizon.   




THRIVE is inviting you to continue your engagement, ongoing involvement,
and communication regarding the delivery of improved health and sustained economic growth in the Great Lakes Bay Region